Grosses

'The Maze Runner' Easily Leads with Strong $32.5M; 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' #2 with $13.1M; 'This Is Where I Leave You' #3 with $11.9MSeptember 21, 2014 08:49 AM

by Daniel Garris

As was widely expected, Fox's The Maze Runner debuted comfortably in first place this weekend with an estimated $32.5 million. The modestly budgeted young adult adaptation opened in line with expectations and performed well with its price tag in mind. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, The Maze Runner delivered the sixth largest opening weekend performance of all time for the month of September. The Maze Runner opened 20 percent stronger than the $27.02 million start of last year's Ender's Game and going forward is likely to hold up better than Ender's Game did in part from facing relatively softer competition.

The Maze Runner debuted with $11.25 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.1 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased 19 percent on Saturday to gross $13.43 million and is estimated to fall 42 percent on Sunday to gross $7.83 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at an encouraging 2.89 to 1. The Maze Runner received an A- rating on CinemaScore, which is also an encouraging early sign.

The Maze Runner grossed $3.3 million from 351 IMAX locations this weekend. That represented 10.2 percent of this weekend's overall gross.

After this weekend's performance, Fox has scheduled The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials for release on September 18, 2015.

A Walk Among the Tombstones debuted in second place with an estimated $13.13 million. Universal's modestly budgeted action thriller starring Liam Neeson opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened softer than Liam's recent vehicles; including 33 percent softer than the $19.67 million debut of 2012's The Grey. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened with $4.7 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.43 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased a modest 8.5 percent on Saturday to take in $5.1 million and is estimated to decline 35 percent on Sunday to gross $3.33 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.79 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film was nearly evenly split between genders (51 percent female, 49 percent male) and skewed heavily towards moviegoers 25 years and older (77 percent). A Walk Among the Tombstones received a lackluster B- rating on CinemaScore and is likely to take a significant hit next weekend when Sony's anticipated The Equalizer arrives in the marketplace this coming Friday.

Warner's This Is Where I Leave You opened in third place with an estimated $11.86 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey opened in line with its modest expectations. This Is Where I Leave You opened 12 percent below the $13.53 million start of 2011's The Change-Up. This Is Where I Leave You started with $3.9 million on Friday, increased a very solid 28 percent on Saturday to take in $4.98 million and is estimated to decline 40 percent on Sunday to gross $2.99 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.04 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards female moviegoers (63 percent) and heavily towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (86 percent). This Is Where I Leave You received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore.

Sony's No Good Deed was down three spots and 58 percent from last weekend's first place debut to place in fourth with an estimated $10.2 million. While the low-budget thriller starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson experienced a sharp second weekend decline, in the bigger picture the film is still performing well with a ten-day take of $40.11 million. That places No Good Deed 6 percent ahead of the $37.75 million ten-day gross of 2009's I Can Do Bad All By Myself (which fell 58 percent in its second weekend to gross $9.88 million).

Dolphin Tale 2 rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $9.01 million. The family sequel from Warner Bros. was down 43 percent from last weekend, as it was unable to duplicate the second weekend strength of 2011's Dolphin Tale (which fell just 27 percent in its second weekend to gross $13.91 million). Dolphin Tale 2 has grossed a respectable $27.07 million in ten days, but is currently running 27 percent behind the $37.18 million ten-day take of Dolphin Tale.

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy placed in sixth with an estimated $5.18 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero film from Marvel was down 36 percent from last weekend. With a massive 52-day take of $313.67 million, Guardians of the Galaxy is set to soon surpass the $318.41 million unadjusted final gross of 2008's Iron Man.

On the limited front, A24's Tusk was off to a very soft start with an estimated $0.89 million from 602 locations. That gave the low-budget Kevin Smith directed horror film a per-location average of just $1,472 for the frame.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jul. 30 - Sun, Aug. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$27,485,245-36%3,545-247$7,753$193,313,7413Warner Bros.
2Dinner for Schmucks$23,527,839--2,911--$8,082$23,527,8391Paramount / DreamWorks
3Salt$19,471,355-46%3,6120$5,391$71,033,7112Sony / Columbia
4Despicable Me$15,524,230-34%3,6022$4,310$190,330,4254Universal
5Charlie St. Cloud$12,381,585--2,718--$4,555$12,381,5851Universal
6Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$12,279,363--3,705--$3,314$12,279,3631Warner Bros.
7Toy Story 3$5,122,907-43%2,105-661$2,434$389,761,4917Disney
8Grown Ups$4,548,144-39%2,269-590$2,004$150,761,3856Sony / Columbia
9The Sorcerer's Apprentice$4,465,524-54%2,524-980$1,769$52,026,5283Disney
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$4,014,953-44%2,334-787$1,720$288,199,9075Summit
11Ramona and Beezus$3,710,990-52%2,7190$1,365$16,375,6812Fox
12The Last Airbender$1,815,170-57%1,238-889$1,466$127,293,4475Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$3,525,58536%847646$4,162$9,636,5084Focus
2Predators$1,093,290-65%873-973$1,252$49,491,2494Fox
3Knight and Day$700,791-59%831-434$843$74,185,6436Fox
4The Karate Kid (2010)$595,026-46%461-319$1,291$172,932,0648Sony / Columbia
5Shrek Forever After$574,024154%330128$1,739$235,646,95211Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Girl Who Played With Fire$542,670-4%17418$3,119$3,770,7544Music Box
7Winter's Bone$308,597-4%1399$2,220$4,017,1628Roadside Attractions
8Iron Man 2$301,277-31%286-44$1,053$311,417,00713Paramount
9The A-Team$262,351-9%282-14$930$76,164,0928Fox
10Cyrus$220,341-69%216-238$1,020$6,904,9977Fox Searchlight
11I Am Love$207,214-38%125-41$1,658$3,603,8117Magnolia
12Marmaduke$160,245-35%230-24$697$32,915,8819Fox
13Killers$153,436-22%219-14$701$46,653,5399Lionsgate
14Get Him to the Greek$137,185-19%155-66$885$60,758,8659Universal
15Letters to Juliet$113,952-38%173-61$659$52,751,74112Summit
16Robin Hood$86,250-21%115-56$750$105,219,73512Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$292,711-7%530$5,523$12,143,33420Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Countdown to Zero$114,296177%2724$4,233$167,7122Magnolia
3Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$94,539-8%748$1,278$1,249,9588Sony Pictures Classics
4Khatta Meetha$88,763-71%830$1,069$490,2552Eros
5Get Low$88,182--4--$22,046$88,1821Sony Pictures Classics
6Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$84,794-23%90-38$942$89,726,59010Disney
771: Into the Fire$77,161--20--$3,858$77,1611JS Media
8Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$77,004-38%83-16$928$2,674,3058IFC
9Under the Sea 3D$76,765-6%130$5,905$23,311,24977Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Restrepo$75,2303%368$2,090$651,0596National Geographic
11Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$70,61180%1711$4,154$132,2592NeoClassics
12Agora$61,73916%174$3,632$359,41010Newmarket
13Date Night$60,265-28%76-32$793$98,537,86217Fox
14The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$56,891-20%57-9$998$9,735,09920Music Box
15Solitary Man$56,534-42%63-42$897$4,133,99111Anchor Bay
16The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$39,912-37%4126$973$6,207,19116Sony Pictures Classics
17Grease Sing-a-Long$36,90013%3316$1,118$296,6304Paramount
18Jonah Hex$36,215-72%83-93$436$10,491,5347Warner Bros.
19Life During Wartime$30,6841%65$5,114$73,8862IFC
20Sex and the City 2$28,136-50%42-27$670$95,136,74010Warner Bros. / New Line
21Please Give$22,723-21%35-5$649$3,889,94214Sony Pictures Classics
22The Concert$21,742--2--$10,871$21,7422Weinstein Company
23Exit Through the Gift Shop$19,761-25%140$1,412$3,074,42916Producers Distribution Agency
24Mademoiselle Chambon$19,732-10%6-1$3,289$239,67610Lorber
25The Extra Man$18,861--2--$9,431$18,8611Magnolia
26Micmacs$18,636-7%29-5$643$1,092,43010Sony Classics
27Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$17,226-1%10$17,226$59,9222Arthouse Films
28Splice$15,830-25%14-25$1,131$17,007,9009Warner Bros
29Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$13,038-12%14-1$931$292,3796Sony Pictures Classics
30Avatar$13,028-23%2-1$6,514$749,748,30333Fox
31Winnebago Man$11,18257%94$1,242$69,5094Kino International
32The Killer Inside Me$8,64116%100$864$194,7497IFC Films
33Kisses$8,270-19%83$1,034$47,1563Oscilloscope
34Breathless (2010 re-issue)$7,820-53%6-5$1,303$250,72610Rialto
35The City of Your Final Destination$7,73513%134$595$482,73116Screen Media Films
36Ondine$7,468-48%13-7$574$495,89622Magnolia
37Orlando (2010 re-issue)$7,413-32%31$2,471$26,9452Sony Pictures Classics
38The Dry Land$7,351--5--$1,470$7,3511Freestyle
39City Island$7,305-75%15-25$487$6,645,90820Anchor Bay
40Just Wright$5,942-56%13-14$457$21,520,71912Fox Searchlight
41Mother and Child$5,134-63%10-14$513$1,071,73913Sony Pictures Classics
42Valhalla Rising$4,901-3%20$2,451$27,6933IFC
43To the Sea$4,841125%21$2,421$21,9263Film Movement
44Best Worst Movie$4,65046%1-1$4,650$87,21815Area23a
45The Nature of Existence$4,334-3%21$2,167$27,9267Walking Shadows
46Spoken Word$4,27382%43$1,068$7,3592Variance
47Let It Rain$4,237-35%63$706$97,4707IFC
48Diary of a Wimpy Kid$3,571-64%8-17$446$63,960,04520Fox
49U2 3D$3,556-38%2-1$1,778$10,349,561132National Geographic
50La Mission$3,143-37%60$524$1,060,09617Screen Media
51Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,98535%30$995$23,267,050148National Geographic
52[REC] 2$2,925253%52$585$24,8054Magnolia
53Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$2,924-69%2-2$1,462$62,6969Indican Pictures
54Kings of the Evening$2,688-61%3-1$896$92,63425Indican Pictures
55Around a Small Mountain$2,613421%21$1,307$18,7454Cinema Guild
56Smash His Camera$2,367--1--$2,367$2,3671Magnolia
57Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$2,347-46%2-3$1,174$632,10320Zeitgeist
58Enemies of the People$2,277--1--$2,277$2,2771International Film Circuit
59The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$2,042--1--$2,042$87,85517International Film Circuit
60Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$2,00828%21$1,004$12,1203Flicker Alley
61Udaan$1,966--3--$655$7,4613UTV Communications
62Great Directors$1,849--4--$462$17,9215Paladin
63I Hate Luv Storys$1,832--5--$366$847,9935UTV
64Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,8291%21$915$43,5186Kino International
65Stonewall Uprising$1,67238%2-1$836$110,3137First Run Features
66Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$1,248--1--$1,248$311,79313Kino International
67Princess Kaiulani$654-55%20$327$859,42612Roadside Attractions
68Mugabe and the White African$370-81%10$370$3,4472First Run
69Everyone Else$217-92%1-2$217$84,88759Cinema Guild
70The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$166-49%10$166$453,82627First Run Features